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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Paseo del Prado, 8 | Metro Stop: Sevilla or Banco de España

The Museo del Prado is all that but this museum is less crowded and every bit as good. Enjoy works from the world's best including Rembrandt, Dali, Rafael, Cézanne, Degas, Mirò, Picasso and more! This museum can easily take up 1/2-one day+. 

 
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Cascorro Bistro

Plaza de Cascorro, 21 | Metro Stop: La Latina

Mostly natural wine, interesting, Spanish beers and the food is really, really good. Nothing too over-the-top complex but the country-style pâté, chicharrones and patatas bravas are Top. Notch. Ask to taste a wine before commiting, as they have quite a few glass pours to choose from! 

 

TABERNA PALO CORTADO

C/Unión, 5 | Metro Stop: Opera 

Drink Jerez goodness in the middle of Madrid. Specializing in flavors of Andalucía. 

 
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LA VENENCIA

C/ de Echegaray, 7 | Metro Stop: Sol 

Great grandpa's favorite Sherry bar cum your favorite Sherry bar. Unassuming Jerez bar featuring the caldos of Hidalgo. Raciones of cured meats, cheeses, and olives + Sherry served by the glass, half and full bottle = HEAVEN. 

 
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BAR PEDAL

C/ Argumosa, 33 | Metro Stop: Atocha

One of Madrid's best beer bars w/ some fun tapas to explore. This bar has been growing its selection for years and is finally highlighting Spain's booming craft beer scene!

 
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LA SIEMPRELLENA

Mercado de San Fernando, C/ Embajadores, 41 | Metro Stop: Lavapiés

Another natural wine bar but sipping a glass may lead to you buying a bottle al granel (in bulk, read: really inexpensive - a bottle costs you 15E in a restaurant will cost you 4E here AND you can enjoy it on-premises or take it with you!) They also specialize in lip-puckering olive oil. 

 
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LA BUENA PINTA

Mercado de San Fernando, C/ Embajadores, 41 | Metro Stop: Lavapiés

Kitty corner from La SiempreLlena is this mini-brew mecca that pours everything from Trappist ales to the newest and best of Spanish micro brews. Open since 2012, this is a place to grab a snack from a nearby stand and hunker down for a couple cold ones. 

 
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CAFÉ DE LA LUZ

C/ Puebla, 8 | Metro Stop: Chueca or Gran Vía

I hardly ever miss having a beer here while in Madrid and don't know if it's the friendly staff or antics that seem to be happening in or outside of this establishment. Literally, some of the most amiable service in Madrid, which can be hard to find. Gin + tonics, semi-elaborate tostadas, tap beer (light, Spanish fizz). Good people watching. Gay friendly. 

 

CASA RUA

C/ de Ciudad Rodrigo, 3 | Metro Stop: Opera

Madrid's version of the greasy, yet needed spoon. Who would eat in the overpriced, touristy Plaza Mayor when 'round the corner lies this is old-school, inexpensive tinto meets chorizo + blood sausage (morcilla) accompanied by poor lighting wonder? Eat here straight from the flight to set yourself right. 

 
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LA MALLORQUINA

Puerta del Sol, 8 | Metro Stop: Sol

One of Madrid's older bakeries. There's unsaid protocol if you don't want to look like a tourist. Order a pastry. Order a cortado. Stand at the bar. Devour. Pay "Se cobra, por favor.". Their "roscillas" are killer.